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Definition to continue without stopping in an extreme manner — often of something that is harsh or oppressive
  • My headache is relentless.
relentless = continues in an extreme manner without stopping
  • She is a relentless worker.
  • relentless = continues in an extreme manner without stopping
  • Her parents criticize her relentlessly.
  • relentlessly = constantly and oppressively
  • We were frightened by the relentless beat of the drums.
  • relentless = continuing without stopping
  • The sun was relentless and eternal: There was neither wisp of cloud nor whiff of breeze for relief.
    Linda Sue Park  --  A Long Walk to Water
  • relentless = continued without stopping in an extreme manner
  • The tiger-cages of the kingdom were searched for the most savage and relentless beasts, from which the fiercest monster might be selected for the arena;
    Frank R. Stockton  --  The Lady, or the Tiger?
  • relentless = who would attack in a severe manner without stopping
  • Those frail bodies of theirs took relentless attention, food and drink, sleep and rest, the cleaning of limbs and fluxes.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • relentless = continual
  • I had not wanted my history to be only an amusement, grist for his relentless intelligence.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • relentless = always working
  • Above me the tides kept up their relentless motion, but I was too deep to feel them.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • relentless = never stopping
  • Moment by moment, I could feel my will leaching from me, bled away by the relentless chill of those waves and his unblinking gaze.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • relentless = constantly difficult
  • He could not conceive of a relentless goddess with her spear aimed at his heart.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • relentless = never letting up
  • She was a goddess of argument, born from the bright, relentless mind of Zeus.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • relentless = always working
  • But I was thinking again of the relentlessness of mortal lives.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • relentlessness = constant difficulty
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means state or degree of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • His face would be intent as he listened, his relentless mind examining, weighing and cataloguing.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • relentless = always working
  • She moved like a wave herself, graceful, but with relentless, driving motion.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • relentless = unceasing (never letting up)
  • But here, beneath the sky, each face was relentlessly distinct.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • relentlessly = in a manner that continues without stopping
  • Slowly, my relentless divinity began to make headway. My breath eased, my eyes cleared.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • relentless = unstoppable
  • This was meant, of course, to be an insult, but I liked the respite of the unpainted walls, the narrow window that showed only a sliver of the relentless sun.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • relentless = always harsh
  • Relentlessly, as this happens, three more horses appear in cones of light: not naturalistic animals like the first three, but dreadful creatures out of nightmare.
    Peter Shaffer  --  Equus
  • relentlessly = in an extreme manner that does not stop
  • Loren Passerine, on his podium, hovered like a puppet-master, his eyes bright, his smile practiced and relentless.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49

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